JLaw blasts Weinstein for naming her in legal defence

Olivia Morris

Jennifer Lawrence has taken a stand against Harvey Weinstein, slamming him for naming her in his defense amidst his ongoing legal battles, after shocking claims of sexual assault and harassment emerged last year.

Weinstein has reportedly mentioned a few of big Hollywood actresses including J.Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep in court documents obtained by E! News.

These examples have been used in an attempt to dismiss a sexual misconduct legal case against him.

Jennifer Lawrence has blasted Harvey Weinstein for naming her in his legal defence. The pair are pictured here together in 2013. Source: Getty

However, JLaw blasted Weinstein for using her name.

"Harvey Weinstein and his company are continuing to do what they have always done which is to take things out of context and use them for their own benefit," the 27-year-old said in a statement to the outlet. "This is what predators do, and it must stop."

Over 50 women have accused Weinstein (here in 2014) of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Source: Getty

The Red Sparrow actress went on to explain while she wasn't 'victimised personally' by Weinstein, she fully supports all the women speaking out and taking a stand in the Time's Up movement.

"For the record, while I was not victimised personally by Harvey Weinstein, I stand behind the women who have survived this terrible abuse and I applaud them in using all means necessary to bring him to justice whether through criminal or civil actions. Time's up."

In the Weinstein's defense documents, J.Law was quoted out of context in reference to a previous chat with Oprah Winfrey when she said since she was 20 Weinstein 'had only ever been nice to me'.

Meryl Streep, here in 2014, has also slammed Weinstein for using her name in his legal defense. Source: Getty

Meryl Streep has also joined JLaw in slamming 'pathetic and exploitive' Weinstein.

She was also taken out of context from previous statements she made about her 'respectful' working relationship with the Hollywood producer.

"Harvey Weinstein's attorneys use of my (true) statement - that he was not sexually transgressive or physically abusive in our business relationship - as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive," Streep said in a statement to Deadline.

Weinstein has since apologised for using both actresses names.

Harvey Weinstein, here in NYC in 2017, has since apologised to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence. Source: Getty

“Mr. Weinstein acknowledges the valuable input both Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have contributed to this conversation and apologises," a representative for Weinstein said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Moving forward, Mr. Weinstein has advised his counsel to not include specific names of former associates; and to avoid whenever possible, even if they are in the public record.

"Even though Mr. Weinstein has worked with hundreds of actresses and actors who had only professional and mutually respectful experiences with him, Mr. Weinstein has directed in the future that no specific names be used by his counsel, even where those actors have made previous public statements about him," the statement continued.

Since the first claims of sexual harassment and assault emerged in The New York Times and New Yorker in October last year, more than 50 women have come forward with their own accounts against Weinstein.

Weinstein has however denied the allegations of 'non-consensual' sexual activity.

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